The Next Liberation Struggle

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in Southern Africa

John S. Saul



The end of apartheid in South Africa has been widely viewed as the end of an era of African history. The Next Liberation Struggle is an indispensable guide to understanding how the resources of that era can be used to contribute to real liberation for the region and for the continent of Africa as a whole. The Next Liberation Struggle integrates the concrete observations of a seasoned observer and participant in southern African liberation struggles with analysis of and reflection on the large question of the place of southern Africa within the global capitalist order and its capacities to contribute toward remaking that global order.


John Saul writes political science ‘from below’ most rigorously. His work stands in the international literature as among the most widely-cited analyses of Southern African politics and this book is another extremely important contribution. — Patrick Bond, University of KwaZulu-Natal


John S. Saul (born 1938) is a Canadian political economist and activist whose work has focused on the liberation struggles of southern Africa.